Why Vancouver?


Located between pristine waterways and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver offers visitors boundless outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities. As the host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver earned a reputation as being one of the most beautiful and accessible cities in the world.

Welcoming – A vast multicultural population, endless activities, and excellent infrastructure, Vancouver is welcoming to all and everything is within reach.

Accessible – Vancouver International Airport has consistently been rated as a top North American airport providing easy access from all over the world. Exceptional public transportation is overshadowed slightly by the convenience of Vancouver as a great walking city – clean, green, safe, and easily accessible.

Superior Service – Vancouver’s hotels, restaurants and business community offer outstanding levels of service and product quality. Meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations is a top priority of Vancouver’s businesses, providing friendly assistance every step of your trip.

Value – Vancouver offers good value with competitive hotel prices, affordable transport and meals.

Flying to Vancouver

If you’re arriving by air, you’ll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States.

For an estimate of how long it might take to fly to Vancouver, see the international flying times map or follow the link that appears below.


These maps and other information can be found at: Flying Times

Getting to/from the Airport

Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America.

Taxi In addition to providing you with a safe and reliable ride, Vancouver taxi companies ensure all drivers receive extensive training through the award-winning TaxiHost training program. There is a fixed taxi fee of approx. $35 CAD for transfers between the airport and downtown Vancouver hotels.

Canada Line provides rapid rail service linking Downtown, Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Trains leave every four minutes from Vancouver, and every seven minutes from Richmond and YVR. A one-way trip from YVR to Downtown Vancouver takes only 25 minutes on a two zone fare of $3.75, plus the $5.00 Canada Line YVR AddFare. Check maps, schedules and all zone fares at thecanadaline.ca or call the Vancouver public transit authority TransLink at 604-953-3333.

Meeting Venue

IMRP will be held at the Westin Bayshore. The hotel is a short distance from the Canada Line terminus at Canada Place but probably too far to walk after a long flight. Approximately 15 mins. walk / 1.2km / 0.8 miles